Allen Ginsberg discusses "Aboriginal Poetics": the children's songs, migration songs, and funeral songs of the aboriginal population of Australia. He performs chants with aboriginal songsticks, including one written to protest the Vietnam War. The tape concludes with a reading and discussion of Vachel Lindsay's rhythmic poem "The Congo."
January 12, 2005 Subject:
Great Hum Bom
Class is billed as "2nd session improvised poetics". Highlights include sung pieces with aboriginal song sticks, including a very unique version of Hum Bom.
0: discusses spontaneous poetry and its connection to aborignal singing accompanied by song sticks.
17:10: Allen sings aboriginal children's song in aboriginal language and then translates
21:30: Introduces his own composition "Ayer's Rock"
22:10: Uluru or Ayer's Rock
24:20: Introduces Hum Bom
25:40: Hum Bom: a very unique version of this with many different lyrics and different ryhthms: A great hypnotizing version of this poem.
30: discusses book: Deep Down in the Jungle
30:31: Allen's Signifying monkey
31:40: Vachel Lindsay
34:45: reads General Booth enters Heaven- Lindsay
37:20: Introduces The Congo
39:25: The Congo cuts off around 46:40